This Roman figurine of Venus fragment was manufactured in Central Gaul during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.
These were most commonly distributed across the northern provinces, including Britain, and are most often associated with urban or military sites.
Although their function is unclear, they may have been used in religious practices within domestic settings such as household or portable shrines. These figurines are believed to be representations of the Roman goddess of love and fertility, although they may incorporate some influences from indigenous Celtic religion.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Towcester, Northamptonshire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Roman/medieval town
Discovery context: Pit
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